Intentional Interim Ministry Continuing Education Conference - Spring 2017 | Michigan District, LCMS

Intentional Interim Ministry Continuing Education Conference - Spring 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 01:00 pm EDT to Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 12:00 pm EDT

Michindoh Conference Center
4545 E. Bacon Rd.
Hillsdale, MI 49242

Event Description: 

Intentionally Living Life in God’s Way

Intentional Interim Ministry - Continuing Education Conference

The goal of this IIM conference is to provide a forum for continued sharpening of pastoral and leadership skills for pastors who serve congregations during the “in-between time”; and to learn new skills relevant to this important ministry in the Church.

Objectives of this Conference:

Participants will:

  • Review and gain new insights into the “intentionality” of pastoral leadership during times of transition with an emphasis of practical applications through shared discussion.
  • Be encouraged to make use of a manageable process for reporting the work of the transition team with the congregation and the District President in preparation for calling a new permanent pastor.
  • Enjoy encouraging, Christ-centered, Word-based fellowship with fellow servants in this unique ministry vocation.
Registration Information: 


Registration is now closed.

Conference registration and lodging are free to Intentional Interim Pastors and spouses. If you have special lodging requirements, please note in the Special Mobility and Dietary Needs section.

Encouraged Pre-Conference Reading

Conference organizers are asking that attendees acquire and read Handing Out Life prior to the conference.

Handing Out Life by Todd A. Biermann, 2016, Halo Publishing, San Antonio, TX, ISBN 978-1-61244-451-2

Rev. Dr. Todd A. Biermann

Rev. Dr. Todd A. Biermann

Rev. Dr. Todd A. Biermann has been Sr. Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Grand Blanc, MI since 2008.  Prior to that, he served congregations in Parma, OH and Brooklyn Park, MN. Having earned his BA from Concordia College, Seward, NE in 1986 and his MDiv from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 1990, Biermann completed his DMin degree at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne in 2012. The focus of his doctoral work was marriage and family relationships as guided by God’s Word.  He and his wife, Heather, have been presenting Marriage in God’s Way seminars since 2006 from Alaska to Paraguay, South America.  Their children, Hannah (age 17) and Micah (age 16), have also accompanied them in teaching how God gives them guidance in their family relationships.  Biermann has recently become an online adjunct professor for Concordia University Wisconsin/Ann Arbor, teaching in the Master of Family Life Program. On his blog site,, Dr. Biermann regularly shares insights on how to live ALL of life’s relationships based on God’s guidance for marriage. This subject, especially as it impacts our Christian witness to the world, is also the focus of his recently published book, “Handing Out Life.”


1. A “Thumbs Up” Worldview
2. Forgiveness and Reconciliation in God’s Way
3. Time Management in God’s Way
4. Living the Mission in God’s Way
5. Wrap Up  / Q&A

Rev. Dr. Robert E. Kasper

Rev. Dr. Robert E. Kasper has served three congregations since his ordination in 1983. Since 2011 he has served as an Assistant to the President, MI District, LCMS. In this capacity he has worked with numerous congregations during times of pastoral transition. In particular he has observed the value of Intentional Interim Ministry. Leadership in the context of pastoral transition has become a critical interest for him recently and he brings the best of leadership principles and practical theology together in his presentations.


Agenda Details: 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017     
  1:15 p.m.  Welcome & Opening Devotion   
  1:45 p.m.  Session One:  A "Thumbs Up" Worldview Todd Biermann
  3:00 p.m.  Break & check into room if not done so  
  3:30  p.m. Session Two:  Forgiveness and Reconciliation in God's Way Todd Biermann
  4:45 p.m.  Free Time   
  5:15 p.m.  Dinner    
  6:30 p.m.  Session Three:  Time Management in God's Way Todd Biermann
  7:45 p.m.  Break  
  8:00 p.m.  Session Four:  Living the Mission God's Way Todd Biermann
  8:45 p.m.  Evening Devotions   
  9:00 p.m.  Social Time   
Thursday, May 25, 2017     
  8:00  a.m. Breakfast  
  8:45 a.m.  Bible Study & Prayer   
  9:45 a.m.  Break to check out   
  10:15 a.m.  Session Five:  Wrap Up / Q & A  Todd Biermann
  11:30 a.m.  Evaluations   
  11:45 a.m.  Closing Devotions and sending   
  Noon  Lunch & Departure   


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